I’m preparing for two speaking engagements this week.
My first talk is for approximately 75 high school girls. They’ll see a prom fashion show, have dinner, listen to me speak on confidence, and then they’ll visit different pampering stations. They’ll also get to pick out a prom dress.
Then I’ll be speaking at a friend’s church to their women’s group on Fresh Starts. I am so excited about both talks, and I’m working so hard to get my outlines and practicing finished. When I’m working on a talk, I use the giant white paper boards and brainstorm (paper on the left). Then I take a fresh sheet and start outlining. This is the first editing phase of my process, and even though I love speaking in front of an audience, this is where I go into public speaking panic mode.
I’m on the downswing of Panic Mode now, but last night it was in full force!
How do you deal with Public Speaking Panic? Here’s what I did:
- Locked myself in my room
- Did about 12 minutes of yoga
- Played on Facebook (procrastinating)
- Worked on my outline
Preparation is the main trigger of public speaking panic. I’m not ready to go on stage for either talk. Not yet. I’m almost there, but after today, I’ll be ready. Once the talk is firm in my mind and heart, 80% of the fear of speaking is gone.
Having some time away from the project helps, too. So this morning, I’m ready to tackle it. As of right now, only about 45% of the brainstorming stuff made the cut to the outline.
After I get some nourishment, I’ll be back at the drawing board, tightening my outline. Then I’ll don my heels and practice. And practice. And practice.
And practice some more.
I appreciate any prayers you want to toss to God – traveling mercies, that I say the right words, aka God’s words, and that the talks will go well.
[reminder]How do you prepare for a speech…or match, race, event, anything!? Do you go into Panic Mode? What helps you not panic?[/reminder]